Sunday, January 17, 2010

BPA Alerts

The FDA has finally stepped up to the plate as they shift their position and have formally declared concerned about the notorious bisphensol-A (BPA) chemical often found in food packaging and plastic bottles. BPA has been extensively researched and has gained infamous press coverage for "leaching out" of polycarbonate. Basically, those toxins are breaking down and presenting themselves into whatever is contained in the plastic. A classic example is Nalgene, manufacturer of drinking containers. I give them credit for quickly eliminating water bottles from the shelves of Dicks Sporting Goods and REI stores and now marketing BPA-free products.

According to the New York Times,
the FDA said Friday that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children,” and would join other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans. Don't you think the other sustainos out there have already figured that out? Now why would they all of sudden shift their position? Evidence and research have clearly been made available for years. Why now? New medical or manufacturing contracts?

The research, backed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the EPA, NIH and well documented in Nature and Science have explained that this nasty environmental contaminant is the devil on your endocrine system, especially for children going through puberty. Scientists are still divided as to what types of "diseases and cancer" it causes. Some just to name a few include breast and prostate cancer, ADHD, and type 2 diabetes. Others are worrying that BPA affects the maturing brain in unspecified ways. According to an article quoting the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s Chris Portier as saying that “there’s sufficient evidence now to give people who want to be prudent—especially parents—a reason to avoid BPA.”

Image Source: Flickr:
Parents and stores are ditching baby products that contain the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA for alternative products like these drinking bottles made from polyethyl styrene.

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